ToonDoo

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Free reign for kids' creativity -- browse with caution.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn how to create characters and practice language skills by making cartoons. With a little imagination, they can turn stories into comic strips and printed books via the site. Because they are able to create multi-panel strips, kids can gain experience telling stories using both words and pictures: structuring the plot, identifying characters, and writing dialogue.  If users were able to participate in dialogue beyond "likes," cartoon creators could better identify simple problems like plot holes and spelling errors..

Positive Messages

Some authors have woven messages like "I choose who I want to be" and "Don’t be disrespectful" into comics.

Violence

Comics include violent scenes such as a bear killing another bear with a hammer and a person being shot in the back.

Sex

With the user-created comics, anything goes: Some are mild, others include nude photos and jokes about sexual diseases.

Language

Some toons contain words like "hell" and "ass."

Consumerism

You can buy print-quality images of the cartoons you create -- or that others create -- using the site currency, Tooken, which can be earned you can purchased 100 for $1.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Content ranges from characters getting excited about drinking to a fair amount of anti-smoking/anti-drug comics.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that registration is free; kids need to enter a username, password, and email. Their profile can include their gender, city, website URL, and a brief bio. ToonDoo says efforts have been made to make the site safe for kids, but because "users come from different countries and socio-cultural backgrounds, it is virtually impractical to monitor all the content" -- so it relies on users to report inappropriate items. The library of homemade cartoons includes a variety of tame and not-so-innocent content.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynohtr March 31, 2015

Toondoo (and why it not to use it)

So recently, i have had the "pleasure" of using Toondoo for a school project. I simply had to make a 3 panel comic. Nothing to worry about, right?... Continue reading
Adult Written bymel5874 April 23, 2014

Approach with caution

Appalling bad company! Website was fantastic - very easy to use and produced amazing cartoons - however, their customer service was beyond bad! THREE TIMES up... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byThomas_Braun77 February 5, 2015

Worst experience ever!

If ever you were thinking about using this tool, don't bother. It took me 2 hours to connect because the website was so slow. It wasn't my internet b... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byFUCKMYLIFE March 8, 2016

toondoo the truth

sucks slow unresponsive and a total waste of time not to mention a scam would rather draw this shit out on paper

What's it about?

Kids can use ToonDoo to create and share single- multi-panel comic strips. The cartoon tool offers an impressive amount of creative control: Kids can sketch their own images or use clip art. They can also \"like\" other users' cartoons or add captions, if the artist is OK with it. Some of the user-created content isn't for kids -- but if you encourage your child to stick to just using the cartoon tool to make comics, the site can offer helpful storytelling and writing practice.

Is it any good?

Billed as the world's fastest way to create cartoons, TOONDOO also offers kids an outlet to share their comics. Unlike some cartoon sites, which only allow you to import images, ToonDoo offers an ample library of clip art and the ability to doodle your own pictures. The site also has some nifty ways of encouraging users to participate: In addition to making their own comic, users can also like other creations or add captions to other users' cartoons, if the owner allows it. However, you may not want your child aimlessly flipping through all the content on the site: Although some images may provide artistic inspiration, others contain nudity, bad language, and other for-adults-only items.
 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the challenges of telling a story with more pictures than words. How can you show action using only still images?

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  • Kids may be used to hearing or reading stories, but creating their own is a whole new experience. Talk about a recent event in your child's life that could be turned into a comic strip: What would the beginning, middle, and end be? How could you illustrate the action?

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  • Some comics on the site include swears, gory violence, and other adult themes. When your child is ready to create a cartoon, discuss what images and story elements might not be appropriate to use -- even though it might seem OK at first because they aren't being depicted in real life (such as in a photograph).

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